Today is my wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been married for 30 years. I cannot believe that we have been married for so long and that this anniversary will not be spent with my husband. We met when I was a very young girl and he was only a boy. When we were older and he started courting me I was nervous about his job and relationship with God. After a long engagement and several postponements we were married on a rainy June day. While it was raining outside inside we celebrated with our family and friends for several days. While I loved my husband I found the change in my lifestyle difficult to accept. I had never lived so far away from my family and life was difficult. After the birth of my first child I decided to move home. After that my husband and I made our life at Arlington.
At that house and with my parents we raised seven children together and made a happy life. We had our disagreements and issues. He had not yet embraced Christ yet and I am not as prompt as he would like me to be but we have had a good life together. And now on this anniversary we remember our wedding during a war that our sons are fighting in and with the threat of death all around us.
I feel the pain of our separation more acutely today and the loss of our home adds to that pain. To not have the comfort of home while I worry about the life of my husband and children pains me greatly. But I have the memories and I shall hold those close to me. I pray for my family and thank God for the blessings he has given me. My husband has been a blessing in my life; God has made a wonderful match in us.